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11:50 AM ET, June 12, 2015


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Credibility of local NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal questioned  —  Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest's most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Rachel Dolezal saying the local leader of the NCAAP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years.
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed:
A Civil Rights Leader Has Disguised Herself As Black For Years, Her Parents Say  —  Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP and also chairs a city police oversight commission.  Her parents also told BuzzFeed News that she is passing off her younger adopted black brother as her own son.
Coeur d'Alene Press:
Black like me?  —  Civil rights activist's ethnicity questioned  —  COEUR d'ALENE - She's risen from North Idaho civil rights champion to positions of power in Spokane as a self-described black woman.  —  But what if Rachel Dolezal is really white?  —  Dolezal, chair of Spokane's Office …
Local NAACP leader outed as white woman refutes claim  —  ON THURSDAY, RACHEL DOLEZAL'S PARENTS CLAIMED SHE HAD BEEN DECEIVING PEOPLE.  —  Family Questions Rachel  —  TROY, MONTANA  —  A recent investigation into racially charged threats made toward the president of the NAACP chapter …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Full Feed and Guardian
Jeff Humphrey / KXLY-TV:
Did NAACP president lie about her race?  City investigates  —  Melissa Luck, KXLY4 Executive Producer ,  —  Did NAACP president lie about her race?  City investigates  —  The City of Spokane announced Thursday it's investigating whether the president of the Spokane chapter …
Discussion: Slantpoint, Mediaite and NPR
USA Today / WXIA-TV:
‘Black’ NAACP leader outed as white woman  —  The leader of the Spokane NAACP falsely portrays herself as black, according to her family.  A recent investigation into racially charged threats made toward the president have raised more questions about who made the threats.  KREM-TV … CONNECT
Discussion: Hit & Run, theGrio and Associated Press
Justin Wm / Washington Post:
‘Are you an African American?’  Why an NAACP official isn't saying.  —  A controversy is raging over whether a prominent Washington state civil rights activist and Howard University graduate who claimed she was African American is actually white.  —  Rachel Dolezal, 37 …
Discussion: ABC News, Hot Air, The Week and Mediaite
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Walker open to teaming up with Rubio on 2016 ticket  —  Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) is open to the idea of teaming up with Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) on a GOP presidential ticket, he told Bloomberg on Thursday.  —  “I do like Marco Rubio, I think he and I have similar thoughts on national defense …
William Finnegan / New Yorker:
Why Does Obama Want This Trade Deal So Badly?  —  The political battle over the enormous, twelve-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership keeps getting stranger.  President Obama has made the completion of the deal the number-one legislative priority of his second term.
Obama rushes to Capitol to save trade deal  —  The meeting is a huge and risky moment for the president.  —  Getty  —  President Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill Friday morning to meet with House Democrats in a last-minute bid to salvage his trade agenda.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Wonk warrior  —  Inside the relaunch of Hillary Clinton.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  Hillary Clinton hasn't always been a profile in political courage, but she's had her moments.  One of them came in late December 2006, a month before Clinton announced her first run for the presidency …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is About To Get Personal
Discussion: Political Wire
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Anti-Hillary Clinton Group Refuses to Change Name, Defying FEC Order
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Congressman On Sex Abuse Scandal: ‘The Only Victim Here Is Denny Hastert’  —  The indictment last month of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) on charges of illegally concealing millions in banks withdrawals and lying to the FBI also revealed another serious breach …
Discussion: The Week
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
West Baltimore's Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar  —  BALTIMORE — From the steps of her New Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Rev. Lisa Weah looked down the block to the open-air drug market outside the bodega on the corner a few hundred feet away.  —  The traffic there had been slowing until …
Discussion: Fox News Insider
New York Times:
Cleveland Judge Finds Probable Cause to Charge Officers in Tamir Rice Death  —  A judge in Cleveland ruled Thursday that probable cause existed to charge two Cleveland police officers in the death of a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, but also said he did not have the power to order the arrests without …
Plain Dealer:
Judge finds probable cause for murder charge against officer who killed Tamir Rice
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Tells Us That She Can't Even With Jamie Dimon's Mansplaining  —  So that happened.  On this week's podcast, come for Sen. Eilzabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) plan to fix higher education, stay for her throwing shade back on JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon.
Story highlights  —  (CNN)An upstate New York maximum-security prison employee gave hacksaw blades, drill bits and eyeglasses with lights affixed to them to a pair of convicted murderers before their brazen escape, sources said Friday.  —  Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told CNN's …
Roger Simon  —  Roger Simon is a Columnist for Politico.  He grew up on the South Side of Chicago where politics was a contact sport.  —  At the Chicago Sun-Times, where he wrote a column four times per week, Simon was taught that the only way for a journalist to look upon a politician was down.
Discussion: Washington Post
Philippe Sotto / Associated Press:
Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn acquitted in pimping trial  —  2 photos  —  LILLE, France (AP) — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was cleared of pimping charges on Friday in France, putting an end to four years of legal drama that began with a sexual assault charge in a New York hotel room.
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